Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
“Teacher, tell my brother to share with me.”
Share with me! Such a timeless demand. Have we not all, at one time or another, felt like we deserved a share in something someone else had?
In today’s gospel, a man among the crowd calls out to Jesus, asking Jesus to make his brother share the inheritance with him. He is likely hoping that Jesus will publicly affirm the injustice and condemn the brother’s selfishness. Jesus sees a teachable moment, and responds instead with a parable.
And what a great story! I imagine Jesus garnering chuckles from the crowd as he pretends to be the voice of rich man, describing with self-centered delight, the bigger, better barns he is going to build to store his abundant harvest. Then, just as the harvest is safely stored and the rich man is about to relax and celebrate, God tells him that he will die that night instead. Pour your energy, Jesus concludes, not into acquiring and storing up treasure for yourself, but in being rich in what matters to God.
Mother Teresa – now Saint Teresa of Calcutta – gave us a multitude of stories in how to be rich in what matters to God. One day, someone came to tell her about a Hindu family with eight children that was starving. She immediately took a package of rice to the family. The mother gratefully took the rice, divided it, and left. When the woman returned, Mother Teresa asked her where she had gone. The woman replied that the family next door, a Muslim family, was also hungry, and she had taken half the rice to them. Mother Teresa said she was so moved that this woman, “in her suffering, in her hunger -- she knew that somebody else was hungry, and she had the courage to share, share the love.” *
How can we be rich in what matters to God? We follow the example of that Hindu mother and of Jesus himself: we love. We love with courage and with abundance.
It’s not about what or how much we have, but what we can give and how much we can share.
Jesus, help us to be rich in what matters to you.
*from Mother Teresa’s address upon receiving the Nobel Prize, Oslo, 1979
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
When has someone shared with you and you were touched?
When you are called to share what is your immediate reaction?
How do you love others?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Share the love."
"Love one another."
"Give me the courage to share."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Today, share something you would not normally want to. Use it to love one another.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Liz Riegel, who lives in Cary, NC and has worked for the Church in various ministries settings.
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